LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, More Hornets in Health Protocols; Probably on several games | Launderer report
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Charlotte’s hornets announcement Guards LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, center Mason Plumlee and forward Jalen McDaniels entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols on Saturday.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that at least Ball and Rozier are expected to “miss several games”:
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Ball and Rozier are expected to be away for at least 10 days, or unless they record two negative tests in a 24-hour period, sources said. Charlotte will be deprived of her young star and her teammate for the time being. https://t.co/6EGuscCDBI
It’s a significant setback for the Hornets, as all four players are part of the squad’s rotation, with Ball and Rozier among their top three scorers.
Ball has been the driving force beyond the team’s success so far this season. He averaged 20 points, the team’s top, with 8.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 24 games as Charlotte compiled a 13-11 record in pursuit of her first place in the playoffs since 2016.
The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year ranks sixth among all players in FiveThirtyEight war metric.
Rozier ranks third on the Hornets in score (17.7 PPG) while averaging 3.6 cents, 3.5 boards and 1.3 sweeps in 19 appearances.
Plumlee (6.8 PPG) and McDaniels (5.5 PPG) are key players in the frontcourt rotation.
ESPN Adrien Wojnarowski reported that the Hornets have sent the rest of their staff and players home pending further information on the possibility of more positive test results.
Charlotte, who is scheduled to travel Saturday before Sunday’s road game against the Atlanta Hawks, tentatively has enough players to meet the minimum eight NBA players to play a game.
A confirmed positive test results in a mandatory 10-day quarantine based on the league’s COVID protocols. For the Hornets, that would mean a minimum five-game absence in a Dec. 13 meeting with the Dallas Mavericks.
So far, the NBA has not been forced to postpone any game on its 2021-22 schedule due to coronavirus concerns.
Charlotte last played Wednesday, a 127-125 road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.